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Justice Alito sounds alarm after Christians denied jury duty in state court

WASHINGTON (BP) – The barring of two Christians from jury duty in a trial involving a lesbian is evidence that Christians with a biblical worldview are increasingly seen as bigots, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said after Missouri asked the High Court to review the ruling.

Texas church opens its doors to persecuted Chinese

MIDLAND, Texas (BP) – A persecuted church from China now worships in the facilities of First Baptist Church in Midland.

Nearly half of Jewish Americans reticent to display faith, summit reveals

WASHINGTON (BP) – Human rights leader Katrina Lantos Swett was shocked by the way her mother, a Holocaust survivor, reacted when the Swetts hung on their door a mezuzah evidencing their Jewish faith.

CVS employee fired for refusing to sell birth control sues, claiming discrimination

(RNS) — A former CVS Health employee filed a federal lawsuit in Florida against the company after she was fired for refusing to prescribe contraceptives due to her religious beliefs.

Religious freedom impacts economic prosperity, political rights, Johnson says

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious freedom impacts economic prosperity and political rights, U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson said Jan. 31 in his keynote address at the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington.

Most U.S. adults respect religious diversity as hate crimes rise, poll finds

WASHINGTON (BP) -- More than 90 percent of American adults support religious pluralism, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty found in its latest Religious Freedom Index, contrary to acts of religious hatred and intolerance amid the Israel-Hamas War.

Religious liberty celebrated as key freedom in the U.S. and abroad

Just a day after remembering the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Americans are being called to reflect Tuesday (Jan. 16) on the importance of religious liberty.

Judge dismisses Muslim couple’s lawsuit against school where daughter converted to Christianity

ROCKFORD, Ill. (RNS) — A federal judge in Illinois ruled that a state school district is not responsible for the actions of a teacher who allegedly proselytized students in a public school classroom, leading a Muslim student to convert to Christianity.

Advocacy continues for U.S. to tag Nigeria hostile to religious freedom

NEW YORK, N.Y. (BP) – College classmates stoned and torched Deborah Samuel to death in May 2022, in Abuja, Nigeria, accusing her of blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad. At St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo State, bandits attacked during mass on Pentecost Sunday and killed dozens.

Religious exemptions from Title VII LGBTQ rules vary among courts

SEATTLE (BP) – Christian companies have seen conflicting legal decisions about religious exemptions from Title VII LGBTQ rules after the U.S. Supreme Court said in 2020 that the statute prohibits bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.